Cyndi MacKenzie, a certified grant professional, has won over $22 million dollars in resources for her clients and has been teaching for six years. She has gone from full time employee to owning her own business and providing a full range of grant professional services to non-profits of all sizes in the United States over her thirteen-year career in this field. Cyndi will share her tips of the trade and tools that save her time and get to those winning proposals with humor. She has a wealth of knowledge that can only be gained by years of experience. As a Grant Professional Approved Trainer, a GPA Grant News contributing author, and a member of the Grant Professional Association, Cyndi keeps up-to-date on the latest research and understands the ethical dilemmas being faced in the field.
The days of chasing the money are over. Funders are much savvier and want to see that your mission and goals align with their mission and goals. Insisting that you are good stewards of their resources is the norm, and why not? When you spend your money, don’t you want quality products, effective tools, and a good return on your investment? To this end, grant professionals must challenge their clients to invest time in developing their strategic plans prior to applying for resources. Whether it is a three- or five-year organizational plan, it has to outline where they see themselves going, what they want to achieve, how they want to get there, who will be responsible and how they will measure it.
Once a strategic plan is in place, an action plan can be outlined in order to see the goals come to fruition. Does it take time, collaboration, consensus, brainstorming, negotiation and humor? Of course! However it also results in a roadmap to success that will get you the resources you need to reach your goals as an organization. Expert speaker Cyndi MacKenzie in this session, will share with you tools she has used with her clients over her career for strategic planning and action planning, as well as show you examples of completed plans from clients willing to share their success. Templates will be in Word format so you can adapt them to your use. Cyndi, who is a Grant Professional Association-approved trainer, will walk you through the entire process and answer any questions you have.
Who Should Attend
Grant Professionals at all levels of their careers, Directors, Board Members, Chief Operating Officers, Grant Managers, Grant Consultants, Administrators, Financial Officers, GPC, Office Managers, Chief Executive Officers, CFRE, Director of Development, Grant Assistant, Non-Profit Agencies, Community Coalitions, Program Directors